Monday, May 18, 2020

Things that can Help You Overcome Covid Slide

Disclosure: This is a courtesy post to share information on some products we enjoy, and that I think could be helpful with those who are self-isolating due to the COVID-19 dilemma we are all facing.

We are still staying in. Honestly it doesn't seem like a big deal now, we're getting used to it, but there are times I miss going out at will (especially without a mask!). One thing that I have found that helps, is breaking out the games or toys, or even getting a new one (or two) in the house to keep things fresh. These are good for the kids and for me too!! It's nice to be distracted by something that is just purely for fun.

With the current COVID-19 pandemic teachers, parents and students alike are facing a uniquely challenging time. Most schools have closed their doors and everyone has been adjusting to learning from home and a new way of life. Due to this, parents fear the setbacks their children will face trying to figure out what works best.  

Previously known as Summer Slide, the “Covid Slide” is here and it’s real. According to a survey conducted by Varsity Tutors, about 68% of parents are concerned about their children falling behind grade-level expectations as a result of remote learning from the current COVID-19 outbreak. Which is why products that continue education from home are more important than ever. Such kits and toys can stimulate hands-on learning which can go a long way in keeping students on track, get them through the current crisis and prepare them for the school year ahead. 

These are all STEAM products that can help prevent the “COVID Slide”.

Magformers Basic Plus 14pc Set
Create 3D structures from 2D nets with Magformers Basic Plus 14Pc Set. Build with 4 Squares, 8 Triangles and 2 Inner Circle Square shapes. Create houses, towers and our ‘magic ball’. Learn to build using combine, roll and pull-up techniques and see what your imagination can create! Build along with the step-by-step instructions and develop color and shape recognition, fine motor skills and problem-solving ability. The original and authentic Magformers. Perfect for brain development, critical thinking and STEM education. Follow the Step-by-step educational idea booklet for ideas and instructions. Each geometric shape contains magnets that never reject, so you’ll always hear the Magformers click. When playtime is over, use the magnetic power to simply stack and store. MSRP: $24.99; ages 3+.

With CREATTO, you can design and construct illuminated, three-dimensional creations that literally light up your life! The kit includes flexible yet durable interlocking plastic tiles and a string of LED lights that you can piece together to make animals, decorations, or your own custom creations. Each set includes an illustrated manual with easy, step-by-step instructions for multiple designs, but the building possibilities are nearly limitless using your imagination. Creatto is available in 3 fun sizes: mini, medi, and maxi. Kids can choose to build: Moonlight Elephant Safari: Ages 6+ MSRP: $9.95; Magical Moose & Forest Friends: Ages 6+ MSRP: $9.95; Starlight Kitty & Cutie Crew: Ages 8+ MSRP: $19.95; Shimmer Shark & Ocean Pals: Ages 9+ MSRP: $29.95; Sparkle Unicorn & Friends: Ages 9+ MSRP: $29.95.

Stick-O City 16pc Set
From Magformers, Stick-O encourages toddlers to explore tactile learning through hands-on magnetic play. Each Stick-O shape contains magnets that rotate so toddlers creations always stick together for a frustration-free play experience. Stick-O’s unique 3D shapes contain a magnet pocket, designed so the magnet can find the right magnetic direction to stick to every time. Stick-O magnets are completely encased inside BPA-free, ABS plastic to ensure children’s safety. With the Stick-O City 16 Piece Set, kids can construct their very own busy city. Toddlers can build a car, racer, airplane and more with the City 16Pc Set . Included in this kit is 1 Sphere, 2 Stick, 3 Long Stick and magnetic accessories including vehicle wheels, wings, and propellers. MSRP $24.99; ages 36m+.

Bicycle® Standard Index Playing Cards
Do you remember learning your first card game? How about winning at an old-fashioned game of solitaire? Or that holiday tradition of Gin Rummy after dinner? Since 1885, Bicycle playing cards have been a part of household gaming. Known for its quality and rich heritage, Bicycle® playing cards have been bringing people together for generations. Every Bicycle® playing card deck is specially crafted so that you can trust Bicycle® cards performance, hand after hand. Great for all card games. Great for all players. MSRP: $3.99.

Solar-Powered Rovers
Want to build fun solar-powered vehicles and devices that move using electricity generated directly from sunlight? With this kit, you can construct five motorized models. Build three types of solar cars, a solar fan, and a solar robot model. Conduct science experiments with each model to learn about gear ratios, solar cells, and more. The ultralight materials, including strong bamboo rods, make your models speedy and durable. A modular gearing system lets you test out three different gear ratios. Experiment with a solar cell, electric motor, gears, and ultralight materials. Build five different solar-powered models. Learn about how solar cells work and  about the energy from the sun. Ages 8+ MSRP: $19.95.

Glow-In-The-Dark Science Lab
Conduct fun and illuminating experiments with glowing substances and neon pigments! Cast your own glowing neon sidewalk chalk in fun shapes like stars, crystals, and frogs. Make flowers that glow in the dark. Mix up a glowing solution to make your own glow sticks. Observe your glowing creations under a UV flashlight (a blacklight). Learn about light, phosphorescence, and glowing materials. Includes two glowing pigments, UV flashlight, glow-in-the-dark star stickers, plaster for chalk, and tools and instructions. The box doubles as a blacklight showcase. Ages 8+ MSRP: $19.95.

These kinds of kits are fun for kids to do on their own, they are even more spectacular to do when you are using the kits with them. These items make my youngest child and grandkids happy. If your kids like these kinds of things too, I recommend any or all of the above.


  1. There are some great games in this list. The index playing cards look fun!

  2. My little one would love all these kits! I may have to pick one or two of them up for him :)

    Louise x

  3. Some really cool items here! I think we are definitely already entering the Covid style so might need some of these up my sleeve.

  4. Great ideas to keep the little ones busy during these uncertain times. Thanks for sharing these!

  5. These are really cool items. I think my little niece would be so into the Glow-In-The-Dark Science Lab and the playing cards lol

  6. You have some great kids items there. The glow in the dark science lab is ideal for my kids. they'd love it!

  7. These are all so cool. I don't have any little kids, but I've been pasing the time with puzzles.

  8. Oh wow there are so many fab ideas here. These would be perfect for my friends kids x

  9. I don't have kids, so some of these games might not work with my husband and I, but good to know for future considerations! And we might just find the adult version of these games..

  10. The Solar Powered Rovers look fun!

    We've stayed in too. Travis did go back last week. He's working mega short hours. A Dental Tech, but no patients come in. They all have to wear masks.

    My work decides after Memorial Day, which is very soon. I'm pretty concerned about the fall. My first year students don't get their laptops until 2nd semester. BUT what if there's another lock-down? With how loose things have been it wouldn't surprise me at all if we have another. Maybe the government would just prefer to have death over a working economy. Things need to change, for sure.

  11. These are all great ideas! Today is the last day for online classes in our area, so the kids are really going to need activities like these to stimulate their minds until we *hopefully* return back to class this fall.

  12. Sure all look like winners. The solar powered vehicles would be interesting. Cards always work too.


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